Areni

Archaeological excavations at Areni-1 in 2007 uncovered several interesting finds, notably three pots containing human skulls. Inside one was what’s thought to be the oldest known brain tissue on the planet. Other discoveries included the world’s oldest leather shoe and also the earliest known winery, over six thousand years old. Today, the village of Areni is still known for its wine production, though technically the bulk of the wine is from nearby Getap. Close by is the church of St Astvatsatsin, built in 1321 on a plateau overlooking Areni and the Arpa River.